On This Day

August 1787 in History

Events in History

  • Aug 2 Swiss alpine explorer Horace Bénédict de Saussure becomes the third person to reach the top of Mont Blanc
  • Aug 6 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia begins debate on the first draft of the Constitution
  • Aug 16 Turkey declares war on Russia (Russo-Turkish War 1787-92)
  • Aug 17 Jews are granted permission in Budapest Hungary to pray in groups
  • Aug 22 John Fitch's steamboat completes its tests, years before Fulton

Birthdays in History

  • Aug 24 James Weddell, British sailor and Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1834)

Deaths in History

  • Aug 1 Alfonso Liguori, Italian bishop and theologian, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Isaac de Pinto, Dutch merchant (Dutch East India Company), and scholar, dies at 70